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Monday, January 20, 2003 Volume XI, Number 150

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 796 South Stone Lane, will present Sylvia Jan. 21st thru Feb. 1st and Feb. 6th thru 9th. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. The show follows dinner. For reservations or information call 358-9665, 358-7268 or email

today's laugh

"Are you an actress, auntie?"

"No, darling, why do you ask?"

"Because Daddy said when you came we’d have a scene."

A teacher asked the class to name that States of the United States.

One child responded so promptly and accurately as to bring forth this comment from the teacher:

"You did very well—much better than I could have done at your age."

"Yes you could," said the child consolingly, "there were only thirteen then."

"Does your son play on the piano?"

"No; he can’t climb that high yet."

Auntie- "What did little Margaret get at the birthday party?"

Mother- "Three books, four handkerchiefs, and the measles."


A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.


Globe Editor Opposing Him Personally at Jefferson City.

The fate of C. Roach’s aspiration for the senate secretaryship was to have been determined in caucus at Jefferson City last night, but the matter was not settled as expected. The following clipped from this morning’s Joplin Globe shows how earnestly that paper is fighting Roach: "L. C. McCarn of the Joplin Globe arrived there today and is lending his earnest efforts to the work of the anti-Roach delegation, which is leaving no stone unturned to accomplish its end."

An anti-Roach dispatch from Jefferson City last night said:

"The Roach-Combs fight for secretary of the senate is acknowledged to be very close, Roach claiming 17 votes in the caucus. Combs is not able to hold all his St. Louis senators. The opposition to Roach is swelling every hour."

  Today's Feature

CW&EP Audit Approved.


The Carthage Water and Electric Plant Board met Thursday afternoon for their monthly meeting in the Council Chambers.

The Agenda included consideration of fiscal year 2001-2002 audit by Chris Churchwell, "basically a standard report" noted Churchwell. It was Approved.

There was the consideration of bids for relocating the utilities for the improvements at the intersection of Airport and Highway 571 for the new roundabout. A $52,318 bid was approved from Earth Works of Neosho. An August 1st completion date is expected. Half of the cost of this project will be reimbursed to CW&EP by the state.

The power sales agrement with the board of Municipal Utilities of the city of Sikeston, MO was approved.

The city has a two year contract which allows 6 megawatts of capacity through the 4 peak months and 4 megawatts during the other 8 months. At the end of the two years they can renew the contract on an annual basis.

CW&EP is scheduled to begin installing new lights at Myers Park next week.

Just Jake Talkin'


It was bad enough when ya saw those disclaimers printed in magazines for prescription medication. Now I’m seein’ thirty second commercials on tv that are mainly sayin’ who shouldn’t use this new wonder drug. I’ve gotta figure it’s some sort of legal thing.

I’ve gotta wonder how they figured out what ailments ta warn against. Whatever this stuff cures it just has ta be worse than any of those things listed that keep ya from usin’ it. I suppose these things are on a "need ta know" basis. Myself, I’m just hopin’ I don’t ever get that curious.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Carthage Printing

Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

The Ins and Outs of Outlets

Q: I want to install GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets in place of the older outlets in my bathrooms. Is it possible to do this myself, or should I hire a professional? — Taylor K., Kansas City, Mo.

A: Whether to do it yourself or not depends on your level of comfort working with electrical items. If you’ve ever installed an electrical appliance, such as a ceiling fan or light fixture, then replacing your older outlets with the safer GFCI type should be no problem. However, if you approach even the switches in your circuit box with trepidation, I recommend calling a professional electrician to do the work safely and quickly.

As a side note, the GFCI outlet is an excellent safety item. When a change in current flow is detected (for example, if you attempt to put a wet plug into the outlet), the GFCI device quickly shuts off power from the circuit, preventing electrical shock. A reset button on the outlet allows the user to restore power. Newly built homes are required to have GFCI devices. Owners of older homes should have them installed, especially in bathrooms and outdoors, where the risk of electrical shock is great.

Describing installation of an outlet takes a few more words than are allotted for this column, so I’ll give you an overview.

Two options for the GFCI outlet are available. You can install the interrupter so that it protects only a single location (its outlet), or so it protects multiple locations (all outlets, switches and light fixtures on the circuit beyond it). The difference is in the connections: to install to a single location, connect the hot and neutral wires only to the terminals marked LINE; to install to a multiple location, wires are connected to both the LINE and LOAD terminals. Both terminals will be marked on the GFCI receptacle.

As with all electrical work, turn off power to the circuit and put a circuit tester on the receptacle wiring to ensure that no juice is reaching it. After pulling out the old receptacle, but before disconnecting the wires, sketch a quick diagram of the wiring setup and mark hot, neutral and ground wires (place a piece of masking tape, labeled, on each wire, or write down the color codes for reference).

The GFCI outlet’s manufacturer should include instructions for its installation as either single- or multi-location.


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